November 17

 

We begin reading in a brand new book today. We are done with the Book of Hebrews, and we begin the Book of James. And our reading today will be in James chapter 1, verses 1 through 18. Now, the man who wrote this letter was the half brother of our Lord and the leader of the Church in Jerusalem. He was a devout Jew and wrote to Jewish believers scattered throughout the Roman world.

Ezekiel 35:1-36:38
James 1:1-18
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 27:23-27

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New Testament:
James 1:1-18

Summary: Testing of Your Faith

 

They were troubled by trials and testings, as well as by problems in their assemblies, and James wrote to help them mature in their faith. The Epistle of James is a practical book that discusses living the faith. It contains echoes of the Sermon on the Mount and the Book of Proverbs, both of which are very practical. If we truly practice our faith, it will be seen in how we face trials, in the way we treat people, in what we say, in how we deal with sin in our lives. And it’ll be seen in our prayer life.

When you trust God, trials work for you and not against you. But be sure your heart is wholly yielded to him. If your heart and mind are divided, trials will tear you apart. We’ll read about the goodness of God. When you realize how good God is to you, you will have no interest in the temptations the enemy puts before you.

When you’re tempted, count your blessings, and you will soon have strength to say no. We’ll read about the word of God. It is a mirror that helps us examine ourselves and cleanse our lives. We must do the word of God, not just read it, not just read it or study it. The blessing is in the doing.

 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ~ James 1:2-8

 


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